When Attorney David Singleton was just beginning his practice 30 years ago, Megan’s Law was not on the books, and there were no restrictions forbidding people with sexual offense convictions from living and working wherever they could best provide for themselves and their families. These and other laws, and the media attention they have generated, have made people convicted of sexual offenses into society’s ultimate pariahs. David’s training as a public defender instilled in him the importance of never writing anyone off – no matter what crime they committed or were charged with committing. David has brought that value to all of his work at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, including his representation of people convicted of sex crimes.
David received an A.B. in Economics and Public Policy, cum laude, from Duke University in 1987 and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991. Upon graduation from law school, David received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Legal Action Center for the Homeless in New York City, where he practiced for three years. He worked as a public defender for seven years, first with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and then with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.
He moved to Cincinnati in 2001, and the next year he joined the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC) as its Executive Director. David is also a Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He is the published author of Kids, Cops, and Sex Offenders: Pushing the Limits of the Interest Convergence Thesis.
David will be speaking to us about this “interest convergence,” a theory originated by the late law professor Derrick Bell, who posited that black people win civil rights victories only when black and white interests converge. This theory applies beyond the racial context. David will explain how interest-convergence theory can be used to reform oppressive sexual offense laws and how advocates can incorporate such strategies into their own work on behalf of people negatively impacted by sexual offense laws.
NARSOL is honored to welcome Attorney David Singleton to our annual conference in Houston, Texas.
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